Euralens... A major city is taking shape
We are currently seeing the birth of Lens as a major city, occupying the 2nd place as a focal point in the region »
EURALENS is a massive development project for the area aimed at implementing a significant shift in the urban and rural landscape that respects the history of the mining region. With this in mind, an order pooling group has been set up. It is made up of the towns of Lens, Liévin, Loos-en-Gohelle, and Joint-Community of Lens-Liévin.
The members of the association
Formed as an association, Euralens is a group of bodies working on behalf of the region's local authorities, the towns and villages of the two agglomerations of Lens-Liévin and Hénin-Carvin, their respective town communities as well as the Department of the Pas-de-Calais and the Nord – Pas de Calais region that chairs the organization.
Euralens also works together with key players from the business sector, through representatives of the Lens Chamber of Trade and Industry and the Regional Chamber of Trade and Industry.
The Louvre, the Aire métropolitaine de Lille, the Association Louvre-Lens (A2L), the Université d’Artois, the Racing Club de Lens, the transport organizations such as the SNCF or the Joint Union of transport bodies as well as the cultural and tourism organizations located near to the future museum are also associated with the project, with the Bassin minier Mission taking on a special technical support role.
The Order Pooling Group
The candidate teams for this order pooling group have all emphasized their close ties with the Lille agglomeration, the Euralens project and the mining region as a whole, focusing particular attention on the arrival of the Louvre-Lens as an opportunity to transform the region's image and appeal.
The Desvigne-Portzamparc team was retained. Both of these nationally and internationally recognized figures have a new vision for the mining towns, transformed into a "large garden city".
They see the region as a string of small islands: the mining towns. These must be interconnected to bring them closer together while preserving the green spaces. Their proposal is to extend the existing green corridor, and to develop it along the lines of the American parks.
The team wants to make Euralens a benchmark for the transformation of housing developments in France.
It is proposing to create multiple localized density centres. It emphasizes the importance of the high speed train station as a centre and is proposing to use the focal point for the railways as a link in the green corridor, creating a "green platform" on the way to the museum.